Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

Rosa DeLauro

Coalition Opposes Presidential ‘Fast Track’ to Trade Deal

Critics say TPP could lower food safety standards

Fast-Track_406x250

A coalition of House Democrats and environmental, labor, faith, food safety and other groups have intensified their opposition to a provision granting the president “fast track” authority to push the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress without amendments and with limited debate. TPP is the massive free trade agreement currently under negotiation between the U.S., Australia,… Continue Reading

2014 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

MulticolorAntibioticsMain

Food Safety News wrote a lot about antibiotic resistance this year — particularly the debate surrounding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plan to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in food animals, introduced in December 2013, and conversations sparked by the 16-month outbreak of multi-drug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg linked to Foster Farms-brand chicken that… Continue Reading

DeLauro Urges OMB to Finalize Two Food Rules

papers_406x250

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to finalize two pending food safety rules. DeLauro wrote to OMB director Shaun Donovan Monday, expressing her concern that if the mechanically tenderized beef rule and a rule regarding added solutions in meat and poultry products are not completed before the end… Continue Reading

Members of Congress Want FDA to Drop Agency’s Push for FSMA User Fees

FDAmoney_406

Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sam Farr (D-CA) are calling on the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to request full funding for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rather than continuing to consider user fees as a funding source. For the FY… Continue Reading

Reactions Vary to USDA’s Poultry Inspection Rule

papers_406x250

The U.S. Department of Agriculture published the final rule of its Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection on Thursday, requiring all poultry processing plants to engage in additional microbiological testing and establishing the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), which companies can choose to opt into or not. Predictably, the agency’s move drew reactions from across the spectrum…. Continue Reading

DeLauro Introduces Bill to Tax Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-pouring-soda-image24034618

On Wednesday, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax (SWEET) Act — a tax on drinks such as sodas, energy drinks, sweet teas and sports drinks that she first announced at the National Soda Summit in Washington, D.C., on June 5. The SWEET Act would institute an excise tax of 1 cent per… Continue Reading

FSIS Denies That It Buried News of Foster Farms Recall

chicken-breast-pieces-406

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) insists that it did not time the release of last week’s Foster Farms recall so that it would garner less attention, as some suggest. “Burying news late at night on a holiday weekend may be a time-honored tradition by Washington spin doctors, but it is… Continue Reading

Congresswomen Propose Solution to Issue of Pathogens as Adulterants

PRTRA_406x250

Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) are introducing a bill in the House of Representatives that would give the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) the authority to declare any foodborne pathogen an adulterant and recall contaminated products. The “Pathogen Reduction and Testing Reform Act” amends the Federal Meat Inspection… Continue Reading

House Debates Agriculture Appropriations Bill

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-dark-sky-over-us-capitol-building-dome-washington-dc-image29783808

The House of Representatives debated the agriculture appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015 on Wednesday. An amendment regarding funding for the Agriculture Department’s Office of Inspector General joined the Appropriations Committee’s amendments on horse slaughter and Chinese-processed poultry. Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Jared Huffman (D-CA) offered an amendment to increase funding for the Office… Continue Reading

Chinese Chicken, Horse Slaughter Amendments Added to House Ag Appropriations Bill

FY15-House-Markup_406x250

School nutrition standards were the central focus of Thursday’s House Appropriations Committee markup. Democrats attempted to remove a provision from the agriculture appropriations bill that will give certain schools a waiver on compliance with nutrition standards. After an hour of debate, the amendment introduced by the subcommittee’s ranking member, U.S. Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), to… Continue Reading